OK – weird? The strange interaction between brain injury and intestinal damage.

The gut-brain connection is one of the more fascinating new areas of medical research. This intriguing two-way axis has been found to have numerous unexpected effects. On one hand some studies have demonstrated how magnetic brain stimulation can alter a person’s gut microbiome while other studies have shown how gut bacteria could potentially play a role in the onset of PTSD and Alzheimer’s.

A new study from the University of Maryland School of Medicine has revealed another strange gut-brain connection, this time between traumatic brain injury (TBI) and intestinal damage. Researchers have previously identified an odd connection between TBI and alterations in a person’s gastrointestinal tract, but this is the first study to understand this interaction in detail and to reveal the two-way nature of the process.


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